Travel Date: December 20-21, 2018 | 2 days & 1 night
In 2018, I still have a 4 day rest day and 4-day on shift, I took the advantage of this schedule to go to Batad since It’s been 4 months that I was living in Manila. I went solo and I met friends. Here are some of my trip notes in Batad. Aside from seeing this in Sibika at Kultura for 10 years, this is where Thanos rested and I wanted to see it! 😀
On getting there from Metro Manila:
- Where to book? Book via Ohayami Transportation website directly for P540/way, but since I booked it online, it’s P612/way. Make sure to at least book a seat 1-2 days before your ETD as seats are running out pretty fast.
- Bus Schedules: This is subject to change, so make sure to visit their website days prior your ETA.
- From Banaue, you still have to travel for 1 hour to 45 minutes to reach the jump-off point to Batad Village.
- From the jump-off point, you have to walk for 20 minutes to reach the village, depending on your pacing.
Ohayami Bus Terminal Information
Fajardo St. cor. Lacson Ave. Sampaloc Manila
Manghi’s Store, Lagawe, Ifugao (beside Caltex)
Shirmilby’s Restaurant, Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City
Ohayami Trans Parking, Baranggay Tam-an, Banaue, Ifugao
Ohayami Daily Bus Schedules
- Manila to Banaue
Travel time approx. 9 hours
10:00 PM-9:00 PM*
- Banaue to Manila
Travel time approx. 9 hours
7:00 PM-6:30 PM*
- Manila to Lagawe / Kiangan
- Banaue to Baguio-Travel time approx. 7 hours
- Baguio to Banaue-Online reservations coming soon 9:00 PM
* – Peak days only
Before I went to Batad, I already booked my overnight stay at Batad VIew Inn. When I arrived in Banaue, there were already several people who got name cards, and my name wasn’t there, fortunately, someone from the neighborhood accommodated me since they were just family. So I went with them for breakfast and with a trike going to Batad. We had our breakfast at 7th Heaven’s Cafe. It’s a 1-hour ascending tricycle ride from Banaue to Batad. The weather was fine, so there were no major issues during our ascent.
The Saddle Point – 5 minutes away from the jump-off point.
I was very excited when I reached this point! 🙂
My view from the inn.
Itinerary & Expenses: P 2400 for the following
- Accommodation: P 525
- Tour guide services: P 2400
- Tricycle from Banaue to Batad vv.
- Guide for the first day for 4 persons and 2 persons for the second day.
- Environmental fee in Batad.
- Snacks & Meals: P 600
- Banaue = P 300 (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Batad = P 300 (Lunch, Snacks & Dinner)
- Rice Wine = P250
- Coffee = P 50
Village Trek & Tappiya Falls
Village Run with inn-mates.
While we were walking around the rice puddles and rice fields, you can’t help but to be amazaed with the breathtaking views of an ampi-theatre-like rice terraces.
P.s. You can actually opt not to have a guide, but since we had just a limited time, we just divided the costs to the four of us. We didn’t go to Awa since we were really running out of time. But, maybe next time, if I have a chance to go there again, I won’t miss the Awa view-point.
December 19 – 20
- 10:15 PM – 8:00 AM ETD/A Ohayami Bus Station, Sampaloc, Manila to Banaue
- 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Breakfast @ 7th Heaven’s Cafe
- 9:15 AM – 10:25 AM ETD/A Banaue to Batad/Saddle Jump-off Point
- 10:25 AM – 10:50 AM Batad Jump-off Point to Batad View Inn & Restaurant
- 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM Village Trek & Tappiya Falls
- 7:15 AM – 9:00 AM Trek to Batad’s Highest Point (Village trek)
- 12:00 NN – To Bangaan & Ducligan Village
- 2:00 PM – Back to Banaue
- 2:55 PM – Arrival in Banaue
- 7:00 PM – ETD to Manila
River Snake and the last leg of our Batad Tour.
Our trip back to Manila was at 8PM, it was raining pretty hard and it wasn’t nice. Fortunately and blessed we arrived safe and sound in Manila at 10AM the next day.